Laramie Girls Softball Captures One Title at State Tournament
Laramie hosted the 2020 Wyoming State Softball Championships last weekend, and Laramie Girls Softball had one champion.
LGS also had seven other teams place in the top three of their respective division.
For the third consecutive year, each year the division has been played, a team from LGS captured the 8U Pitching Machine division. The Laramie Tigers won the championship this year.
The Tigers went undefeated through five games over the weekend. They were 2-0 in pool play and outscored their opponents 20-3. The Tigers were 3-0 during bracket play and defeated another Laramie team, the Wildcats, 6-2 in the title game.
The Laramie Wildcats came in second, and the Laramie Mighty Bears took third place in the 8U division.
Laramie had three teams finish in second place, two of which didn’t get a chance to conclude their tournament.
Sunday’s major storm about 5 p.m. wiped out the remainder of the games. Results were based on previous games played between teams.
The Laramie Lightning 10U Competitive squad took second. They split their pool play action. LGS won 7-6 over the Gillette Blue Jays in their first bracket play game. They lost in the semis to WYCO, 8-5, but were leading their game, 12-6, against the Blue Jays, when it was rained out.
The 14U Lightning Competitive team also came in second place. After a 0-2 start in pool play and a loss in their first bracket game, Laramie rattled off three straight victories in elimination games and made it to the title game. 14U defeated Gillette Havoc 8-6, outlasted WYCO 12-11, and beat Gillette Wicked 307, 9-8. Laramie fell short in the championship game to the Cody Pride, 12-0.
The other runner-up finish was at 16U Rec. Laramie rattled off two wins in pool play. Then, they slipped past Wheatland, 5-4, before a 16-8 loss in the semis to Rock Springs. After a 5-2 victory over Wheatland, Laramie was leading 6-2 in the title game when the rain came and finished off the tournament. Due to Rock Springs’ victory over Laramie earlier, the Storm got the title over Laramie.
The Laramie Lightning 12U Competitive team took third place in their bracket. After a rough start in pool play, LGS rallied. The Lightning was the last seed after pool play. They won their first game of bracket action over Gillette Wicked 307, 15-7. A loss to eventual champion WYCO of 17-5, put LGS in elimination play. Laramie won their next two games, over Cody Pride, 10-6, and the Casper Rebels Blue, 11-3. The Lightning fell in a loser-out semifinal to the Gillette Blue Jays, 10-4.
The last team in the top three was the Laramie 18U Competitive division squad. They suffered losses to the state champion Cheyenne Extreme and runner-up Gillette Blue Jays.
LGS also had teams in the 10U Rec and 12U Rec divisions. Their total of 10 teams was the most in the 2020 state tournament that brought 43 other teams to Laramie last Thursday through Sunday.